A review of this album by Andrew Latham of Mannequin Oddio Media:
"it's rare that i come across a record that i have to tear myself away from. unfortunately this is the case with kaazim zareb's miraaya.
this entire record is coated in reverberating, echoy middle eastern indian music remixed by mystified and cp mcdill. the contrasts of bass and treble play together like lights and shadows, intertwining and complimenting each other where each melody, texture, or drone threatens to overpower the other. there's a perfect balance found on this record of drama and beauty, again much like shadow and light play.
upon first listen, i immediately drew the comparison to early dead can dance and peter gabriel's passion album. though i wouldn't say that miraaya is as dark or as dramatic as either of those comparisons. like a lot of classical jazz music that conjures mental images and memories of early spring, so does miraaya in that it's lighthearted without losing it's sense of identity. the rhythms are subtle, tribal, deliberate, and trance-inducing. unlike most indian-esque music, where one would normally hear walls of frantic sitar, in it's place is wandering flute and clarinet drones.
the music is perfect for lazy sunday afternoons and may induce spontaneous outbreaks of yoga sessions while listening. i highly recommend this album for any one into world music and experimental jazz. if you frequently find yourself listening to NPR and enjoying the obscure music one will most likely hear on that radio station, then this is definitely your cup of tea...